The 23rd novel by the Irish writer John Banville feels like the literary equivalent of Winston Churchill's description of Russia.
Elmore Leonard’s slang-slung writing style was celebrated for "leaving out the bits that readers skip".
There is a confidence, economy and enjoyability to "Bad Monkey" that give the impression of a writer back in love with his franchise.
The 28th work of fiction from Scotland's most successful crime writer turns on five ominous disappearances.
The Fear Index, a financial what-if, takes place entirely on the day that the Blair-Brown years officially ended: May 6 2010, election day.
The death of Lucien Freud highlights a specific crisis in the art of the traditional portrait.
Is this a good time for factual film-making? It depends on your definitions of fact and film.
Instead of disguising himself in time-honoured fugitive tradition, this terrorist enjoyed provoking his enemies by distributing images of his face.
From the facetious British foreign office memo writers to prophetic novelists, the pope and Catholicism have become the evil force of choice.
Bad times call for upbeat slogans, producers seem to think, no matter what the film is really about, writes Mark Lawson.